Went and tried the Circle Y I found at a local feed store on Aires today. My halters are two hours away with my Aussie saddle, so I used my new bridle (that the browband is too small on) with the Little S on it to "halter" him and lead him. I had my boyfriend (who is non-horsey and VERY intimidated by Aires' size) hold him while I put the saddle on him. The saddle was so ridiculously tight on the poor boy that he actually bit the sleeve of my hoodie when I put my hand under the front of the tree to check how tight the bars were. He hasn't really bitten me in almost two years. I tried to lunge him a little (was awkward with the Little S and his reins) and he'd do a quarter of a circuit and then stop and face me like "Mom, it hurts!"
I'm going to have to do a withers tracing on him and try to figure out what size tree we need. I'm not sure what size tree the Circle Y has. One person said it looked like semi-QH bars, but someone else said it was FQHB.
The beastly has grown SO much! I swear he's 16.2hh now. When I put the bridle on him, I could barely reach his poll and had to force him to put his head down so I could actually put it on. He is also filthy. :-/ And of course, all my grooming stuff is with my saddle and halters.
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